Utah News

Salt Lake City
4:18 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Community Solar Program Makes Residential Solar Power Affordable

In an effort to expand the use of solar power in the state, Utah Clean Energy is offering Salt Lake homeowners a discount on solar panel installation. The Salt Lake Community Solar pilot program is the first of its kind in Utah and organizers hope the discounts promote residential solar use.

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4:57 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Utah Air Quality, Huge Concern or Barely Noticeable?

From a Utah State University webcam, taken Friday August 17 at 4:00 PM.

The Professional Explanation

For Marty Booth, a meteorologist for the Utah Climate Center, the current air in Utah is an issue.  

"I bike every day to work. I've been affected by it already."

Particulate matter, also known as particle pollution, is a complex mixture of extremely small dust and soot particles. Due to a combination of wind and fires in Nevada and Idaho Utah is experiencing spiking levels of PM2.5 as well as ozone.

"We're now moving into this pattern here where we have a high pressure system moving over the top of us. It's locking in the smoke that's been blowing in from the west-northwest over  the past few days. We are getting some of the PM2.5 or some of the soot you see in the air from fires, but the strong bad air quality you're seeing is not necessarily due to just the smoke."

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UPR Newsline
4:22 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Southern Utah Journalist Ed Kociela's eBook Plygs Now Available

Kerry Bringhurst's extended interview with Ed Kociela about his new book, plygs, a fact-based novel based on his 17-year career as a Southern Utah journalist.

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Southern Utah
3:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Southern Utah Fires 50% and 100% Contained Respectively

The blaze known as the Reserve Fire burning on the Red Cliffs Wilderness Reserve north of St. George began on Monday and quickly grew to over 3,000 acres. That fire is now 50% contained.

Although there are no longer any structures threatened by the blaze, 2 popular hiking trails remain closed as interagency fire crews to battle both on the ground and from overhead.

The Little Pine fire burning near Enterprise has been fully contained after blackening over 2,000 acres and closing access to Enterprise Reservoir and its popular campgrounds.

Utah News
3:44 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Hummingbird Banding Underway in Utah

"It weighs 3.1 grams. At that weight you could stuff 9 of those in an envelope and mail them for a first class stamp."

Hummingbird researchers in St. George are gathering data as the birds are beginning their seasonal migration.

Ned Batchelder is visiting about 15 volunteers' yards, trapping and putting tiny leg bands on hummingbirds. He says this project will help track hummingbird migration patterns.

"For the month of August you've got this mass of birds migrating down the Rocky Mt corridor. There's about a 15-day window where we can set up and band 50 - 100 birds easily in one day."

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Salt Lake City
4:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Architects, Builder Announced for New SLC Peforming Arts Center

More pieces are being put into place for Salt Lake City’s new Performing Arts Center.  Yesterday City officials announced who will be designing and building the $110 million dollar project. HKS Architects, a local firm,  along with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects beat out 14 other bidders to design the future theater which will sit on Main Street. Michael Vela, managing principal with HKS says it’s still too early to tell what the theater could look like.

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Utah News
10:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Utah Receives Grant Money for Work Sharing Program

Nearly $100 million in federal grant money has recently been made available to states. How will Utah use this money and how will it help our job market?

Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, states have been attempting programs that will give employers an alternative to lay-offs. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a grant that is intended to aid states in the implementation of one of those programs.

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10:16 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Pretty Sunsets Aside, Current Bad Air May Present a Health Threat

From The Standard Examiner -- The air along the Wasatch Front has taken on a golden glow that looks pretty, but there’s nothing magical about the particulate matter and ozone readings behind it.

That glow is from wildfires raging in Idaho, Nevada and even Washington state. The National Weather Service says neither the fires nor the bad air is going away anytime soon.

The Utah Division of Air Quality says levels of particulate matter in the air haven’t reached dangerous levels yet, but they are high enough that people with lung problems, the elderly and infants should be careful and avoid outdoor exertion.

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5:49 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Wounded Veterans Fundraising Flag Stops in Vernal

An American flag that is making its way across the country made a stop Monday in Vernal. Supporters gathered at the war memorial in front of the Uintah County building to pay tribute to local fallen veterans and to support the 2012 Patriot Tour.

The Patriot Tour is an annual event of the Nation of Patriots, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for wounded veterans and their families.

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UPR Feature Story
5:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Show Biz Kids of Moab

Johnny Depp as Tonto on the set of the Lone Ranger

In the past two years filming for major motion pictures has made a comeback, and the Utah Film Commission projects that 2012 will be a “watershed year,” with film crews spending $56 million in the state. Lured to Utah by cash rebates, Sony Pictures and Disney were encamped in Moab for most of the summer.

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